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Chinon ‘Le Temps des Cerises', Domaine de la Noblaie 2020

Red Wine from France - Loire
4.250000000 star rating 4 Reviews
Refreshing cabernet franc from the Loire, with bright fruit and supple tannins. This is a great example of modern Chinon made with a light touch.
Price: £11.50 Bottle
Price: £138.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: LO16711

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Cabernet Franc
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2024
  • 13% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Cork, natural

Jérôme Billard (Domaine de la Noblaie)

Jérôme Billard is a young grower who has taken over the reins of the family business in recent years. His grandparents bought the property for their retirement having migrated from the Corrèze department, and Jérôme’s father was professor of oenology at the agricultural college in Montreuil-Bellay. Jérôme trained with Moueix in Bordeaux and California, and later in New Zealand, and returned to the domaine with a fresh outlook but a great respect for the integrity of Chinon’s grapes, working organically since 2008.

The family now farms 21 hectares, 16 of which they own, around the hamlet of Le Vau Breton, a name which in the time of 15th-century poet and trencherman Rabelais meant ‘The Valley of Cabernet Franc’. 17 hectares are planted with cabernet franc and 4 with chenin blanc, and Jérôme vinifies parcels separately and by the age of the vines to retain their particular characteristics.

The Observer

The Loire was seen as the normal limit of reliable reds. Now its crisp cabernet francs are a refreshing refuge for fans of old-style claret who feel their favourite wine is too often too ripe and...
The Loire was seen as the normal limit of reliable reds. Now its crisp cabernet francs are a refreshing refuge for fans of old-style claret who feel their favourite wine is too often too ripe and overblown.
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David Williams

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Panel tasting

The Times

A black cherry and forest-fruited joy.

Jane MacQuitty

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Simply delicious cabernet franc from innovative Loire Valley winemaker Jerome Billard; gentle extraction here makes this a supple yet beautifully structured expression, perfect weight of fruit balanced...
Simply delicious cabernet franc from innovative Loire Valley winemaker Jerome Billard; gentle extraction here makes this a supple yet beautifully structured expression, perfect weight of fruit balanced with great acidity and supple tannins. One of the best cabernet franc wines I have ever tasted.
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